A new beat

[Pioneer Press, December 19, 2010] When Bob Sherman puts two fingers to his wrist, the pulse he feels isn't normal. Rather than sensing the singular beat he's known for most of his life, Sherman now detects a longer surge of blood that occasionally feels like a double beat.

He's one of a growing number heart failure patients to have implanted experimental devices that help the heart pump blood. Sherman's device is called C-Pulse, manufactured by Sunshine Heart, a company with offices in Eden Prairie.

Sherman underwent open-heart surgery in September at United Hospital, becoming just the 20th recipient of the C-Pulse implant worldwide. By providing a counter-pulsation assist, the device is meant to help ease the left ventricle's job of pumping blood throughout the body.

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